Is your RV Ready for Emergencies?

It’s almost the beginning of RV season. Even though most of you have been RVing throughout the winter season, we are just now beginning to see some of that crazy springtime weather coming across the U.S.

I think it would be a good idea to keep our RVs ready for whatever comes our way. Extreme weather, unexpected RV breakdowns or other unforeseen events may force us to seek refuge for an extended time in our fifth wheels or trailers.

These are some good ideas for advance planning as you think about using your RV as a place of refuge.

Keeping non-perishable canned and boxed goods in the rig is a good idea. Consider keeping screw-top gallon jugs of water in your home that can be quickly toted out to the rig.

Keep your black and gray water tanks empty, and your tow vehicle fuel tanks full. Ditto for your RV’s propane tank. If you have to evacuate, a low tank of fuel in your tow truck could spell a very serious problem.

It’s also a good idea to check your tire pressure at least once a month when your rig is parked.

Here’s another thing to keep in the rig, temperature allowing: Prescription and over-the-counter medications that you regularly use. What about the pets? Can you squirrel away pet food and cat litter in the basement storage compartment?

Keeping copies of legal documents like titles, insurance policies, and medical directives and other health care instruments in a file in the RV can prove a blessing, especially if you come home to no home.

Keeping enough clothing for a few days use in the rig is an easy trick. If there’s a chance of mildewing, stick a chemical dehumidifier in the clothes closet. A sturdy pair of shoes is a must, too.

While you might not keep it stored in the RV, a ready supply of emergency cash is also a good idea. Keep your cash in small denominations for easier transactions.

No doubt your rig is already equipped with a good first aid kit and several fire extinguishers. Make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher in advance. [RV Travel]

Most of these pointers are sensible things to do, even though many of us don’t take the time to make an evacuation plan.

Simply print this out and use it as your evacuation guideline. We hope that you never have to use it.

If you do end up using it, then we are so glad to help. Once you get the checklist ready, then you can use it year round as your primary evacuation plan.

If you need any RV supplies or parts before the spring weather season begins in full force, please stop in at CCRV in Corpus Christi. We’ll be happy to help.

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